The scientific program

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The conference is an opportunity for scientists, who are involved in any aspect of DNA barcoding, to get together to discuss their research. The conference is open for all contributions in the field of DNA barcoding, and will comprise invited lectures, oral sessions, and a poster session with posters on display during the whole conference. The major theme of the conference is “Barcoding of Organisms of Policy Concern”. Contributions will be arranged into six sessions: Human and Animal Health, Agriculture and Forestry, Legal Aspects of DNA Barcoding, Conservation, Invasive Species and an open session. Each session (except the open session) will be opened by a keynote lecture presented by an invited speaker.

In accordance with the style and policy of previous ECBOL conferences, all presentations will be given in one lecture hall without parallel sessions. The number of oral presentations will, therefore, be limited and participants are encouraged to present their work through posters.

Invited speakers for each of the five major sessions are:

  • Dr. Natasha De Vere (National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, UK): "DNA barcoding the flora of the UK: the creation and use of a national resource for biodiversity conservation and human health"
  • Dr. Pedro Crous (CBS Fungal Biodiversity Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands): "DNA barcoding of fungal pathogens to enhance trade and food production"
  • Dr. Richard Zehner (Institute of Forensic Medicine, Frankfurt, Germany): "DNA-Barcoding in Forensic Entomology"
  • Dr. Serge Morand (CNRS Montpellier, France): "From pathogens' screening to barcoding: a continuous challenge for human and animal health"
  • Dr. Massimiliano Virgilio (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium): "Making the best out of incomplete DNA barcode libraries: simple ad hoc thresholds to reduce identification errors"

The conference schedule

The ECBOL3 conference will start with an icebreaker on Monday, 17 September 2012 at the RBINS which is within walking distance of the conference venue. Scientific presentations are planned in sessions on the following two and a half days. A conference dinner will take place on 19 September at the RMCA.

Conference registration desk will be open from Monday, 17 September from 12:00-16:40 at the congress venue (academy), during the icebreaker and all other days of the conference. Delegates will receive a book of abstracts and congress badge.

Format for posters:

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference. Materials to attach your poster to the panels will be provided. Posters can be displayed from Monday September 17 1:00 pm onwards. The format of posters must be portrait with a maximal size: 130 cm (51.2 inch)x 90 cm (35.4 inch).

Instructions for oral presentations:

Speakers will have 20 min for their oral contribution (15 min of presentation and 5 min of discussion). Invited speakers will have a total of 40 min for their presentation and discussion. Speakers are invited to prepare their slides in powerpoint (*.ppt) or pdf format.

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